Brad Goreski was a man on a mission at New York Fashion Week. The celebrity stylist, whose clients include Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones and Christina Ricci, was shopping the spring 2013 collections for the newest looks for his much-photographed clientele.

Red-carpet season is around the corner, but Goreski wasn’t just on the hunt for evening gowns. Today celebrities also look to stylists for help with day looks for talk shows, press junkets, charity events and, given the omnipresent paparazzi and the fascination with street style, even running errands.

And like all good stylists, Goreski’s counsel extends to the overall beauty look, too, where he tends to favor contrast over matchy-matchy. If the beauty and the fashion are all one note, he says, my clients won’t really stand out and make a statement. Getting the hair and makeup right is the difference between looking pretty and being unforgettable.

Despite his heavy schedule of attending more than 20 shows and gearing up for the second season of It’s a Brad, Brad World on Bravo, Goreski took some time out to be a judge at the third annual Elle Fashion Next runway show and to speak at InStyle‘s Runway Roundup luncheon. Makeup.com caught up with Goreski at both events and chatted with him about his insights on the standout collections, trends to watch and insider tips.

What are some of your favorite collections from New York Fashion Week?

Altuzarra took the embellishment trend into spring with new ways to do red carpet. Jason Wu for the lady-meets-edgy mix, like a melon pink top with a black leather skirt. Narcisco Rodriguez, who showed a softer silhouette, and tons of black and white, which is another big trend. Thakoon because it was playful, whimsical, elegant and beautiful. And Zac Posen, who offered a minimal shape that highlighted structure and refinement.

What are some top beauty trends you’ve been noticing for spring 2013?

A good eye, with long feathery lashes and a strong brow.

How do you know if a trend is right for you?  

If you are responding to something in an emotional way, even if it’s not your personal style, buy it. If you love it, people will respond to it, and that will give you more confidence for next time.

What are you obsessed with for fall?

Opulence, like what we’re seeing with velvets and embellishment. Denim shirts, but mixed in with opulence. And the oversize trend in outerwear, like a bright blue overcoat by Céline.

How do you advise women on seasonal shopping?

Every person should have one splurge item every season. It can be as simple as taking your winter coat from wool to 100 percent cashmere.

How does your hair look good all the time?

I use Baxter cream pomade, and I carry Elnett hair spray wherever I go. It is a must-have. I spray it on my hair all day, even at stoplights!

—Deborah Marquardt and Caitlin Larwood

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